Integrated Library Systems and Discovery Applications
1. Introduction and background questions
This is a survey sponsored by the Digital Library Federation's ILS Discovery Interface Task Force. Information about the group and its activities can be found at
This survey gathers information about desirable points of interaction between Integrated Library Systems, or ILS's (which manage library circulation, cataloging, online catalogs, and acquisition), and external discovery applications (applications outside of the traditional ILS that often support enhanced discovery of information resources). Our questions are designed to help us determine the types of interaction most useful for libraries, learn more about how ILS data and functionality is currently being integrated with external systems, and discover where more work is needed to enable desired integration.
The survey consists of 19 questions, in three parts: Background, Functionality, and Technical Details, followed by a short optional contact information section. Questions marked with a * are required, the others are optional
If you do not have the background needed to answer some of the technical or strategic questions, you may skip them (or answer "Don't know" if the question is required). We welcome responses from multiple respondents from the same institution, who might have different areas of expertise.